National Board of Accreditation, India (NBA) has introduced recently concept of Graduate Attributes (GAs) for accreditation of undergraduate engineering degree programmes, in tune with the Indian membership of Washington Accord. The anticipation is that the institutions will formulate Programme Outcomes (POs) aligned to GAs. Due to introduction of GAs it has become necessary for the institutions to prepare themselves for the change, before they go for accreditation or re-accreditation. This paper looks at
(a) Changes in the accreditation philosophy by NBA over the years,
(b) Graduate Attributes (GAs) and their relationship with Programme Outcome (POs),
(c) Conceptual framework of outcome based accreditation, including concepts of Programme Educational Objectives (PEOs), GAs, POs and Course Outcomes (COs), and
(d) POs which could be fulfilled by various courses by Rajasthan Technical University (RTU) syllabus of Mechanical Engineering applicable for students admitted during academic year 2012-2013.
ABET, Accreditation of UG Degree programmes, Course Outcomes (COs), Graduate Attributes (GAs), International Engineering Association (IEA), Mechanical Engineering Degree, National Board of Accreditation (NBA), Programme Educational Objectives (PEOs), Programme Outcomes (POs), Rajasthan Technical University (RTU), RTU Syllabus, Washington Accord